Archive for August, 2012

Two ways redheads can pull off pink and red lipstick

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Need a lipstick to match your red locks?If you have gorgeous red locks, you might have trouble picking out the perfect lipstick shades. Certain red and pink hues can clash with red and strawberry blonde hair, doing you little favors when it comes to enhancing your pout and complexion. However, there are two ways you can guarantee good matches when it comes to your lipstick choices.

According to Glamour Magazine, it's all about either matching the lip color to your hair or opting for a hue that's completely opposite your tresses. For example, it would work well to choose a warm shade of red that complements the warm undertones of your hair, while a cooler tone would count as something completely different that's also effective.

Orange-red hair like Jessica Chastain's would be perfectly offset by a fuchsia lip gloss, or it could be matched to an orange shade, which is totally trendy these days. Just remember that when you're wearing such a bold color on your lips, you'll need to tone down the rest of your makeup. Keep it simple with black eyeliner and a peachy blush.

Would you try Nicole Scherzinger’s triangle eyeshadow look from the album wrap party?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Nicole Scherzinger knows how to complement her eyes!No doubt about it – Nicole Scherzinger is a gorgeous gal who knows what's up when it comes to bringing out her best features. That's probably why she looked so amazing at a recent album wrap party. The most defining makeup aspect? Her eyeshadow, which Glamour Magazine's beauty blog touted as the perfect triangular shape for flattering your brow bones. So how can you copy it?

Basically, all you have to do is create a triangular shape that has a straight line from the inner corner of your eye to your eyebrow (or just underneath), then stretches across your brow bone before tapering off into a point near the end of your eyebrow. It might sound a little weird, but it's more natural-looking than you think.

To get the look, you'll need an eyeshadow that can be blended easily, like the being TRUE – Eye Shadow Compact, which has 20 shades to choose from. A good smudging brush is also a necessity, so pick up something like Jane Iredale – Eye Shader Brush. After making the triangle, amp it up with a lighter shade of shadow on your inner corners. You'll be as chic as Nicole!

Sophia Bush proves pink eyeshadow is a major DO at Songbirds’ album party

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Sophia Bush made a serious case for pink eyeshadow recently!You might think that pink eyeshadow has no place in your makeup bag. After all, you're not a middle school student who's just started experimenting with beauty products. However, before you rule out delicate pink shadow altogether, you should know that Sophia Bush recently made a huge case for it at the Songbirds' Miss Me album party.

To match her pink and black outfit, the actress chose to mimic the shades with her choice of eye makeup – a total DO. And the best part is that she only needed three products to do it. First, she used a black eyeliner like Youngblood – Eye Liner Pencil just along her upper lash lines. Then she followed up with a wash of a shimmery ballet-slipper pink shadow like Too Faced – Lockdown Ultimate Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in Jailbait. Finally, she swept on copious amounts of black mascara (and probably used a few false eyelashes to boot).

How should you do the rest of your face? Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recommends thoroughly concealing any redness in your skin, otherwise the pink shadow might not have the same flattering effect. You should also choose a peach blush instead of a pink one to avoid looking too monochromatic.

One simple hair move that can transform any style

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Added height on top can transform any hairstyle!With social media sites like Pinterest and Tumblr providing hairstyle inspiration for women everywhere, there are more possibilities for unique styles than ever before. Whether you're dying to try out a trendy side braid, mermaid-like waves or an elaborate updo, there's one styling move that's sure to give the look an extra shot of polish.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, that move is creating a small hair bump at the back of your head. It works with any style, and it's totally easy to do as long as your hair is capable of holding some volume. So how can you pull it off?

Adding a little height at the back of your head is as simple as teasing the area and using a bit of hairspray, like Fekkai – COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray. Just make sure that it's the layers of hair underneath the top layer that you're teasing, otherwise it may look messy.

Of course, a little extra volume beforehand couldn't hurt, so try using a shampoo like Fekkai – Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo in the shower on the day you plan to try the style.

Steal Kerry Washington’s look from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Kerry Washington is a great style inspiration!Looking for a great style that you can take to a chic summer wedding or a fancy lunchtime affair? The search is over – Kerry Washington has the perfect hair and makeup to inspire you. While there's no doubt she's a gorgeous gal to begin with, it was really the effective use of product that helped make her look a winner at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon in Beverly Hills recently.

When it comes to your hair, you'll need to do a blowout and use a curl enhancer like Leonor Greyl – Algues Et Fleurs to prep for styling. Then part your hair on the side and create bouncy ringlets with hot curlers or a curling iron. There should be plenty of volume involved.

For your makeup, choose a warm brown shade of eyeshadow and eyeliner, then focus on making your lash lines and creases smoky. Don't bother lining your inner rims – just underneath the lash line on the bottom lids will work fine. Finish with a brown mascara like BORGHESE – Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara in Brown.

Make sure your eyebrows are shaped to perfection, then contour your cheekbones with a great bronzer in the hollows and a peachy blush on the apples. Finish up with a light coral lipstick, and you'll be looking as great as Kerry!

Peach up your look like Ali Landry with just 4 products

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Ali Landry knows how to rock peachy makeup shades!Although pinks and browns have long been the go-to colors for natural-looking makeup, peach is making a huge statement right now. Former Miss USA and actress Ali Landry recently rocked a peachy look that’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s at the office, the beach or the bar! Here’s how to get her look with just four products.

1. Eyeshadow. A shimmery peach eyeshadow like Paula Dorf – Eye Color Glimmer in Halo should be applied just above and underneath your black eyeliner. Then sweep it over your lids and up into the creases.

2. Blush. Whether it’s a cheek stain, cream or powder, a peach blush will flatter the shape of your face and mimic a natural flush. Apply it just to the apples for the most realistic look. Avoid using a brush, try using your hands or a makeup sponge instead.

3. Lip gloss. A hint of shimmer from Jane Iredale – PureGloss in Soft Peach will create the illusion of fullness for your pout, adding shine and dimension.

4. Nail polish. Ali chose to update the simple peach manicure with gold accent nails on both of her ring fingers. Edgy yet sweet at the same time!

Five useful tips for at-home wax jobs

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

At-home waxing doesn't have to be a pain!If you're the DIY type who likes to save money by skipping trips to the salon, you may have some experience with at-home waxing. Kits like MOOM – Organic Hair Removal Kit with Rose Essence (Spa Formula) make it a relatively simple process, but if you're not taking a few precautions beforehand, you might not be getting the results you expected. Here are five tips for better waxing.

1. Let it grow. It kind of sucks, but hair needs to be at least 1/4 of an inch before you wax so the formula can get a good grip.

2. Exfoliation is necessary. To get a smooth wax, exfoliate the day before with Dermalogica – The Ultimate Buffing Cloth, then once again right before you wax.

3. Don't wax right before a big event. Glamour Magazine's beauty blog points out that irritation and ingrowns can happen right after, and you don't want to bare those.

4. Test the temperature. Can you imagine spreading burning hot wax on your legs by accident? Check the temp on your wrist first.

5. Smooth it on in the direction of hair growth. This will ensure that the hairs are all going in the same direction, so you can pull the opposite way when removing the strips.

Tired of dealing with eyeliner smudges?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

No more worrying about raccoon eyes!The best eyeliners out there are meant to be easily blended and perfectly smudgeable so you can create smoky eyes and countless other looks. But how annoying is it when you look in the mirror and realize you've been walking around work all day with black circles underneath your eyes or just above your creases? Here's how to make that liner stay put.

According to The Beauty Department, one way to get eyeliner to stay is by setting it with powder right after application. Just grab a finishing powder for face and use a flat brush to apply it just underneath or above your eyeliner. This helps prevent the formula from traveling. The source also recommends choosing a powder that's a bit lighter than your skin tone, which can have a highlighting effect on the area.

Another great prevention method? Eyeshadow primer. Because your lids probably tend to get oily throughout the day, you might notice creasing in your eyeshadow as well as liner smudges. A layer of primer applied beforehand can create a barrier that keeps your application as precise as you meant for it to be. No more embarrassing raccoon eyes!

How to look the part for an important interview

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

With these tips, you should have no problem scoring that job!If you have experience, knowledge and a great work ethic, you shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to nailing an interview, but how can you seal the deal? While your qualifications are important, first impressions are also up there on a hiring manager’s checklist. The state of your clothes, hygiene, hair and makeup can make or break your chances of landing the job, so preparation is crucial. Here’s how to primp yourself for an interview and hopefully snag that position!

What you wear to an interview largely depends on the type of industry you’re hoping to enter. Some companies require super-formalwear, while others have a casual vibe and still more offer plenty of fashion creativity to its employees. If you visited the business before your interview, you probably saw what everyone was wearing, so try to copy their style. When in doubt, overdressing never hurts – it shows that you’re professional no matter what.

Make sure your clothes are clean and unwrinkled first and foremost. They should also fit properly – anything too baggy or too tight will look sloppy. Opt for a tailored pantsuit or a skirt and blouse, choosing colors and shapes that flatter your complexion and speak volumes about your personality. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum to avoid seeming too flashy.

The style you choose to rock for your interview can be whatever you think looks best on you, whether it’s a chignon, ponytail, blowout or a pixie cut. The most important thing is that the style looks polished, which means that there shouldn’t be any flyaways. You can tame those frizzies with a product like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz).

Most likely, you’ll be shaking the interviewer’s hand at some point, so he or she will get a good glimpse of the state of your nails. If you’re not one for nail polish, at least make sure that your tips are filed into a neat shape and that they’re as clean as possible. It might also be a good idea to use a hand cream like AHAVA – Leave-on Deadsea Mud Dermud Intensive Hand Cream so your hands are soft to the touch.

If you’re a gal who loves a good manicure, keep your polish choices simple. While bright colors and cool designs are trendy, they’re usually not appropriate for a job interview, especially for a position in a serious industry. Stick to nudes or pastel pinks from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers, which will flatter and elongate your fingers.

Even if you just discovered the perfect smoky eye palette or a bright new shade of lipstick, it’s best to keep your makeup understated for an interview. You want to complement your features, not overwhelm them. To ensure that you start off with a good base, get a good night’s sleep before the big day, which can minimize dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, as well as redness or dull skin.

Begin your makeup application with a great primer like Too Faced – Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin, which will even out your complexion and make your look last throughout the day. Then apply a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Contour your cheekbones with a rosy blush and a natural-looking bronzer without shimmer, like Too Faced – Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer. A dab of highlighter on your cheekbones will give you a healthy glow.

Use a black or brown eyeliner pencil to define the shape of your eyes and darken your lash lines, then follow up with a neutral eyeshadow combination – brown is a safe bet. Use a medium shade across your entire lid, a dark shade in the crease and along your lash lines and a light shade on your brow bones. Add a coat of a brown or black mascara like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

Finish with a coat of a neutral pink lip gloss or lipstick, and you’re ready to rock that interview!

Want to get Maggie Gyllenhaal’s look from the Won’t Back Down premiere?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal is the perfect blend of chic and casual!Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is the ideal combination of chic and casual, always showing up to events wearing fashionable clothes and perfectly styled makeup. So it's no wonder she recently appeared on the red carpet at the Won't Back Down premiere rocking a makeup look that would be awesome for an event that's both classy and casual. Here's how to copy it for yourself.

For your eyes, you'll need a shimmery bronze eyeshadow like you'd find in the Too Faced – Candy Bars Eye Shadow & Shimmer palette in Brown Sugar. Use it across your upper lids and as a liner on the lower lash lines. Apply a lighter shade from the palette to highlight the inner corners of your eyes, then finish with a brown mascara, concentrating on the upper lashes.

For sculpted cheeks like Maggie's, use bronzer in the hollows to create contour, then add highlighter across your cheekbones. A rosy blush applied to the apples will complete the flushed effect.

Finally, pick up a great berry lipstick with plenty of shine, like Too Faced – Lip of Luxury in Sex Kitten. Apply one coat, then blot and repeat for long-lasting color.